One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bureaucrat or office worker.‘the shiny bums in head office were writing slimy little memos to the Prime Minister’
- ‘He told the conference companies were led by "corporate robber barons in their shiny-arse suits".’
- ‘I represent the working people who make this economy work, not these shiny bums down here in the capital.’
- ‘"That was where the shiny bums lived," he says.’
- ‘Teachers and principals do not want to say anything for fear of having their head shot off by some shiny bum way up the chain of command.’
- ‘The report talks about having more shiny bums, who sit on their backsides, or police officers who do not staff the patrol cars, walk the beats, or make the arrests.’
- ‘These shiny arse journos talk tourism up so much as New Zealand's economic saviour.’
- ‘A shiny arse who knows he is bulletproof isn't going to put in the mileage to prove he is the right choice once he is in there.’
- ‘Once again the shiny bums appointed to safeguard the national psyche have come up with an idea to excite the imagination of millions.’
- ‘Even when research and development is done, it is under control of engineers and most of the work involves simply scoping the research project, a shiny-bum job.’
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.